An implementation strategy to quantify the marine microbial carbon pump and its sensitivity to global change

Robinson, Carol ORCID:, Wallace, Douglas, Hyun, Jung-Ho, Polimene, Luca, Benner, Ronald, Zhang, Yao, Cai, Ruanhong, Zhang, Rui and Jiao, Nianzhi (2018) An implementation strategy to quantify the marine microbial carbon pump and its sensitivity to global change. National Science Review, 5 (4). 474–480. ISSN 2095-5138

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The persistence of the vast pool of recalcitrant dissolved organic carbon (RDOC) in the deep ocean is fundamental to both global carbon cycling and global climate. Yet, quantitative understanding of the mechanisms which produce and utilise RDOC is still in its infancy. Moving from a conceptual framework to quantitative understanding in marine carbon cycling can take the international research community several decades, precious time which is not available in this era of anthropogenic climate change. This perspective paper sets out an implementation strategy to move efficiently from conceptual hypotheses of marine carbon storage to quantification of the capacity for marine carbon storage through the microbial carbon pump (MCP), its sensitivity to global change and potential for modification. The aim is to excite and facilitate the international scientific community to hasten this process via an internationally co-ordinated multidisciplinary research initiative.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: microbial carbon pump,microbially-mediated carbon sequestration,recalcitrant dissolved organic carbon,global carbon cycling and climate change,sdg 13 - climate action,sdg 14 - life below water ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/climate_action
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Biology
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2018 09:19
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 09:37
DOI: 10.1093/nsr/nwy070

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